A BUSINESSMAN is planning to challenge the rejection of his plans to relocate his Seaton Delaval takeaway after only three councillors voted against them and twice as many abstained.
Sabit Shahin’s bid to move from Double Row into an old cake and sandwich shop in the village’s Avenue Road prompted a 466-name protest petition and another, backed by 288 signatories, supporting his proposals.
Mr Shahin wants to relocate his Double Row Diner, also known as Sabitini’s, because he says it is no longer big enough to cope with demand for his kebabs and pizzas.
Northumberland County Council’s south east area planning committee last week voted three to one to refuse permission, with six abstaining.
Milvia Bonadies, of Seaton Valley Business Forum, said the organisation opposed the scheme because there were already 15 food businesses there, one of them selling much the same produce four doors away.
“There is an oversaturated market of fast-food outlets in Seaton Delaval,” she told the meeting at Blyth’s Isabella Centre.
Agent Kevin Logan said Mr Shahin wanted to put an empty property to use, adding that the takeaway could ease parking problems because it would be closed during the day.
Coun Jimmy Sawyer, of Ashington’s College ward, recommended rejecting Mr Shahin’s plans, and his motion to refuse was seconded by Coun Anita Romer, of Hartley.
She told the meeting more takeaways were not needed at a time when obesity was a major health issue.
Planning officer Judith Murphy had recommended refusal, saying the plans could cause parking and noise problems.
After the meeting, Mr Logan said: “It’s likely that we will put in an appeal.”